Actors: Gianna Jun,
Allison Miller, Liam Cunningham Directors: Chris Nahon Format: Anamorphic, PAL Language: English Region: 2 (Europe) Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Number of discs: 1 Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment DVD Release Date: 2 Nov 2009 Run Time: 85 minutes
live-action remake of a well-beloved anime of the same name comes across
better on the small screen than it did in the cinemas . . .
For starters those silly looking globules of GGI blood
look slightly better, but the movie is still let down by some cheap CGI,
especially of a cheesy-looking gargoyle that makes one long for the gory
days of Ray Harryhausen's stop-motion creatures! The DVD transfer is
pretty decent though and makes the production designs and moody
photography look better than it has any right being. The DVD transfer
unfortunately cannot help the acting and the scene in which Blood cries
desolately after killing her mother is more likely to illicit chuckles
rather than anything else.
In the original movie a Wednesday Addams look-alike in a
Japanese school girl uniform slices demons with a samurai sword in an
American air force base during the Vietnam War. This movie more or less
keeps the setting, but pads the original film's running time by adding
some out-of-place Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon-style action
sequences. They are decently staged, but still superfluous: one such
sequence is a flashback in which we know the lead character is going to
die beforehand, so why draw things out?
By the way, is it just us or is there a weird lesbian
undertone between the two female co-stars?
THE DISC: Some very brief featurettes consisting
mostly of talking heads waxing lyrical about the director or this or that
co-star. One featurette does give one an appreciation of how tiring stunt
and wire work on such a production can be.
RECOMMENDATION:Blood - The Last Vampire
could have been worse, but rather check out the original anime if you
haven't already done so. It boasts some cool animation.